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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-12-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE CHARLIE LETOURNEAU, 3, of Cumberland, adjusts an ornament on the family tree at the Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland, on Sunday during the annual Lighting of the Christmas Trees. Behind him, kneeling, is his brother, KAI, 7, and in the background, is their dad, CRAIG. Most of the approxi- mately 200 trees are memorials to loved ones. See more photos on page 28. Community outraged as convicted child rapist moves to Lincoln LINCOLN – Town residents were rattled by last week's news that a convicted sex offender had settled down in town. After police executed a search warrant at Richard Gardner's Cranston home last month related to a tip on his storing child pornog- raphy there, the convicted child rapist relocated to Knowles Street in Lincoln. Gardner, 53, was previously imprisoned for sexually assault- ing children in Warwick and Massachusetts in the 1980s. Gardner is an unclassified sex offender, as his case predates the Megan's law mandating that sex offenders register as such and that the public be provided with certain information, including the offender's whereabouts. In a statement, the Lincoln Police Department confirmed that Gardner registered in Lincoln but that LPD was not permitted to make a com- munity notification or publicly dis- By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See OUTRAGE, Page 8 CUMBERLAND – The increas- ing price tag of being a plow driver is hurting local communities in the form of higher costs and slower responses to storms, say area officials, who are looking for new and creative ways to address the situation. Cumberland Highway Supt. Lack of plows leads to delays, higher costs By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See PLOWS, Page 29 CUMBERLAND – The would- be developer of a housing complex on the corner of Mendon Road and Albion Road, Fred Pesaturo, is threat- ening to sue the town for blocking him from moving forward with his previously approved affordable hous- ing project. Attorney Nicholas Goodier, in a letter to the town on Tuesday, said his client intends to file a Superior Court action on behalf of his Albion Landing project based on the fact that the town won't issue a building permit, among other grounds. He is seeking $500,000 in damages incurred "as a result of the town's reprehensive, retaliatory con- duct." Goodier told The Breeze he believes Town Solicitor Kelley Morris claiming that the window for this project has expired is a response to local officials previously losing a lengthy legal battle over the project, a matter that ended with a 2014 Superior Court judgment in favor of his client. An Oct. 25 letter from Planning and Man behind blocked Mendon Road housing: I'll sue By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor GOODIER See HOUSING, Page 3 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE DECEMBER 12-18, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Merry Christmas to All & Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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